Hemoglobin Levels (Female)

What Causes Abnormal Hemoglobin Levels In Women?

In order to deal properly with abnormal hemoglobin levels in women we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal hemoglobin levels in women to develop?"

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal hemoglobin levels in women consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal hemoglobin levels in women.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Anemia
  • Leukemia
  • Bone Marrow Suppression
  • Chronic Renal Insufficiency
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
often/always feeling unusually cold
chronic renal insufficiency
very great unexplained weight loss
occasional severe abdominal pain
blood clotting problems
low red blood cell count
regular infections
fatigue after slight exertion
frequent unexplained fevers
history of herbicide exposure
night sweats
frequent swollen axillary nodes
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal hemoglobin levels in women:
Cause Probability Status
Bone Marrow Suppression 90% Confirm
Leukemia 20% Unlikely
Chronic Renal Insufficiency 4% Ruled out
Anemia 4% Ruled out
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 4% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Hemoglobin (Hb, HGB). Unit: g/dL [g/L] or [mmol/L]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 9.0 [90] [5.7]
→ 9.0-11.9 [90-119] [5.7-7.3]
→ 12-16.0 [120-160] [7.4-9.9] (normal)
→ Over 16.0 [160] [9.9]
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very low hemoglobin levels, low hemoglobin levels, normal hemoglobin levels or elevated hemoglobin levels, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Renal Insufficiency

Anemia is almost always present in cases of chronic renal failure, and can occur through any of the basic mechanisms (blood loss, excessive destruction of red blood cells, or low production of red blood cells.) However, the typical anemia associated with CRF results from decreased production of red blood cells by the bone marrow: failing kidneys no longer produce sufficient erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells (RBCs).  In addition to decreased levels of RBCs, patients often begin to accumulate toxic metabolites, which shorten the lifespan of existing RBCs.

Leukemia

The red blood cell deficiency caused by leukemia leads to anemia and the symptoms of anemia, including severe fatigue, pallor, and breathing difficulty.

... and also rule out issues such as: